We had reason to go to Tulsa last Friday, so decided to make a weekend of it and booked a hotel downtown and decided to “Discover Tulsa” a bit!
Am not sure if you remember the episode of Friends where Chandler tries to convince Monica to move to Tulsa with him by calling it the “Paris of Oklahoma”, but he was right. There’s just something very chic and laid back about Tulsa compared to OKC. We’re wild west cowboys. Tulsa is old oil money and art deco.
The event we attended as at the Gilcrease Museum. And if you are an Okie and for some unknown reason recognize the pose of this statue but can’t quite place it – it is because the new car tag logo is based on this sculpture! Right in the main driveway/valet drop-off of the Gilcrease. He’s much better in person than on the car tag.
And there I was saying how very Continental it all is in Tulsa, but cowboys are always with us in Oklahoma, that is for sure. Here’s the old boss, who is not my boss, but will always be my boss, signing books at the event.
Saturday found us at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum watching a fly-in because it was … of all things on the one day we are in Tulsa … it was Royal Air Force day at the museum. So of course we had to go. It ended up being a bit of a non-event but we did learn more about the RAF pilots who trained in Oklahoma during WWII. Never, in the field of human conflict, have so many owed so much to so few. And some of them were trained right here.
Now, see this girl? Or lady now I guess … well, remember when I wrote about the “Great Roommate Switch of 1975” some months ago? Well, will wonders never cease. This girl above was that very same college roommate that switched rooms to go live next door at the dorm. She added me as a Facebook friend recently and we visited a bit online. She lives near Tulsa and was going to be downtown on Saturday, why didn’t we stop by for a visit? So we grabbed a few jars of Starbucks iced coffee from the c-store and off we went. And you know what? Neither one of us can remember why we had a falling out all those years ago. She looks exactly the same, but I didn’t remember the sound of her voice. I think that is to be forgiven since it has been … ahem ahem cough cough … 30+ years since we were in the same room together. But we did tear up Hawaii as 17 year olds. We pioneered the beach vacation for high school graduates.
Then it was off for a yummy meal with my favorite uncle on my dad’s side -- okay the only uncle on my dad’s side -- Eddie and his wife, Betty. They are the ones who have some race horses that run at Remington on occasion. Probably a Secretariat in their stables somewhere no doubt! Anyway, the jokes were bad (as usual), the company great, the food excellent and we heart them both very much.
Next morning, we drove over to the Ambassador Hotel for Sunday brunch before heading home. We recommend this restaurant greatly and will definitely try there again if we make it back to T-Town. It is called “The Chalk Board” and is attached to the hotel.
Then on the way home, we passed this:
So it was a weekend of old bosses, beautiful artwork, old airplanes, old friends, old relatives and relaxing and eating. Can’t ask for much better.